Play time for the kids and slow sessions with Gary at the Big Experiment / yr Arbrawf Mawr

BEAM :19 - 21 September, Anglesey

For the children
Jenn Williams will be joining us again this year, running activities for primary age children at the Big Experiment. Depending on their ages, they'll do things like learning some tunes and songs, doing some clogging and having fun in the grounds of Plas Newydd in the lovely Autumn sunshine (which we've booked, of course!) There are family rooms available, and a discount price of £380 for a family of four.

Second instrument? New to the repertoire?
Gary Northeast will be helping out with the Pwt Ar Y Bys/slow sessions for those less confident in the full-on sessions. And there will be some full-on sessions!
And we've added an extra workshop to the afternoon programme:

• Flute and whistle special, with Jordan Williams
An hour of flute and whistle playing, exploring ornaments and phrasing to give your flute playing a real traditional flavour.







Here's the rest of the workshops planned for the afternoons:
• Fiddle special with Oli Wilson-Dickson

• An introduction to Pibgorn, with Patrick Rimes
• What do you do with a tune once you've learnt it?, with Stacey Blythe
• Vocal technique for traditional singers, with Bethan Nia
• Bangor Melodies: from manuscript to blog, with Mari Morgan
• Storytelling with Fiona Collins
• Clogging for all
• Have a go at pipes
• Have a go on the Triple Harp

• Playing for dancing
• Cerdd Dant for all
• Have a go at Welsh folk dance
• The Mari Lwyd   
• Sing while you play
• From the court to Llangadfan
• The Amazing Spoons Workshop
• Plygain for all
• Cadi Ha

These afternoon workshops are open to the public, and cost £5 each, and there's more detail just a click away - you'll find it all the information on the Big Experiment on the 'Our Work' dropdown menu

Young Valleys talent shines at Folkworks Summer School



Eight students from the Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bro Taf and Nantgarw Folk Groups were sponsored by trac to attend the Folkworks Youth Summer School in Durham from the 11th – 16th August.

Folkworkskidsextra.jpgThe Folkworks Youth course has been attended in the past by current successful folk musicians such as Rachel and Becky Unthank, Sam Sweeney and Peter Tickell and aims to nurture future folk musicians. Drawing on the wealth of folk music talent around the UK, among the tutors welcomed this year were Alistair Anderson, Lester Simpson, Saul Rose and Wales’s own Angharad Jenkins.


The students enjoyed a week of repertoire building, sessions, ceilidhs, collaborating, performing and meeting like-minded musicians, which culminated in a final performance. The students were also able to perform as a folk group and showcase their Welsh folk music sets for the rest of the students on the course. The Rhondda Cynon Taf Folk Group have previously performed at St David’s Hall at the Folk Proms Day.



"The whole week was a huge success. The young people learnt so much, and made new friends, and I'm sure will take away with them memories that will last them a lifetime. They were warmly welcomed by the fellow students who embraced the Welsh music and step dancing. The young people from Bro Taf were even chosen to perform at the final showcase event at the end of the week. The plan now is to start a similar residential course in Wales in February half term, so watch this space!" - Angharad Jenkins, Tutor at Folkworks and trac Project Officer


Folkworkskidsextra1.jpg"Thank you for taking us to Durham, I enjoyed myself so much and it really has helped me broaden my horizons in terms of folk music. It was a fantastic experience and I've learnt so much. I'd like to thank trac for giving me this wonderful opportunity." - Siwan Evans, participant

Folkworks Youth Summer School






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Welcome to the House of Folk! Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod

Ty Gwerin at this year's Eisteddfod is in a giant yurt, and you'll find it on the Maes (the Eisteddfod field) by following the signs!

There's an amazing programme of activities: live music, workshops, children's activities, talks, sessions, a shop and cafe, and more! The week's programme's here and for more detail on each day, go to the drop-down menus: Our work > Eisteddfod 2014 > each day's programme

Bursaries for young people at the Big Experiment folk weekend

AneirinThanks to generous funding by the Arts Council of Wales, this year trac is able to offer a limited number of young people a place at the Big Experiment/Arbrawf Mawr for only £20. If you’re between 14 and 24 you can apply for one of these subsidised places. You may be a musician, dancer, or singer; you may be a professional gigging musician or a student, or still at school. When you apply, you can tell us about your involvement in the folk world.

You’ll have your accommodation and meals provided and can choose which morning class and afternoon workshops you’d like to join. You’ll have the opportunity to spend a folk-soaked weekend with people of all ages, learning new material and new skills.

Depending on your age and skills, you’ll help out with things like leading a slow session, offering an informal afternoon workshop, helping behind the scenes, or sharing your experiences via social media. We’ll expect all our bursary people to contribute some of their time.

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a bursary application form where you’ll be able to  tell us about yourself and why you’d be a good choice for a bursary place. Looking forward to hearing from you!

This year's Big Experiment / yr Arbrawf Mawr is from 19 - 21 September, on Anglesey, with tutors including Calan's Patrick Rimes and Oli Wilson-Dickson of Jamie Smith's Mabon.

For more on BEAM, click here

Comment on the cessation of funding the Welsh Music Foundation

WMFlogoWe wish to congratulate the Welsh Music Foundation for its outstanding work over the past 14 years. We have seen Wales transform its music industry with their expert help culminating last year with the attraction of WOMEX, the biggest trade show for World Music, coming to Cardiff- and with it over £3million pounds of spend in Cardiff alone. They have fostered a music scene into a music industry and we can only thank them for all their inspirational work.

We understand that we live in a tough financial climate and that every penny of public money spent has to be measured against need and that government has to make uncomfortable decisions.

We are concerned that the invaluable expertise and relationships we have jointly built across the world will disappear when the organisation dissolves. We have been working with WMF over the past two years to internationalise not only traditional music but all the musics of Wales with a collaboration to develop a long-term strategy to ensure that there was a real potential for sustainable and profitable music careers within Wales ready for delivery this year. This work will go on but will be much more difficult without them.

We recognise that the need for this work continues to exist and we offer our help in maintaining this important task.

Read the WMF's official announcement here


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